Mighty Warrior: A word from the Lord for you.

You were led into a relationship with Jesus where you no longer fit in anywhere.  What thrilled others left you scratching your head, wondering how they could be so easily satisfied.
You feel the evil and the blasphemy.  You are grieved to see God’s name and honor smeared both inside and outside the church.  You wondered “how long Lord?”  How long before I can take up the sword of the Lord and bring wrath down on demons?
You have wondered what is happening to you.  It seems that everything the enemy has is being thrown at you.  Many have pulled away from you—including those you have trusted for years—not understanding the path that you have chosen.
People made big promises to you that turned out to be a puff of smoke.  You were left empty at the very moment you believed a great breakthrough was coming.
God promised you something when you began this journey; but now it all seems like a cruel fantasy.  You have cried to the Lord “why have you awakened this hope in me if this will never come to pass.”  You dared not even tell your family and closest friends your true feelings.
Do you want to understand what is happening to you right now?  While you weren’t looking, God reached down and did important work inside you. God tested you in the furnace for holy reasons.
A great self-emptying is in progress.  Heaven is asking questions about you and the furnace is answering them.
-He is making you someone can be trusted with great influence and power.
-He is making you someone who has freely received and will freely give.
-He is making you someone who will be so focused and determined that you will never quit.
-He is making you someone who obeys only God—who only goes forth at the command of God—who gives all credit and glory to God.
Let not the darkness of this hour rush your preparation.  Fear not!  It will not be too late by the time of your breakthrough.
Is this the darkest it has ever been?  Does it seem it can get no worse?  Then beloved, consider the intensity of this attack as a sign that your breakthrough is at hand…the devil saves the worst for last, but God saves the best for last.
Isaiah 55: 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
12 “For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree,
And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree;
And it shall be to the Lord for a name,
For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

 

 

 

 

Backslidden in the pulpit

Paul wrote his last letter to his spiritual son Timothy.  One warning stands out: The worst enemy Timothy will ever face is not devils, Roman tyrants, or barbarians.  It will be preachers who are backslidden in the pulpit.

2 Timothy 4: 3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

Here it is again in the Living Translation: “For there is going to come a time when people won’t listen to the truth but will go around looking for teachers who will tell them just what they want to hear. They won’t listen to what the Bible says but will blithely follow their own misguided ideas.”

These preachers overrun the church today.  They are created by audiences with sensual desires.  They are the toast of a generation that never reads their Bibles.  They are the product of churches gone wild.

Why am I writing this?  The answer is in the prelude to Paul’s warning to Timothy in this final letter.  2 Timothy 4:1 says, “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”

These firm but loving words, are solemnly given.  Timothy you will stand before Christ.  He will judge fake preachers with great wrath and burn up their works.  Don’t be one of them.  Fight them.  Rebuke whenever it is needed.  Instruct with patience as often as is needed.  Don’t just do it when you feel like it.  Prove that you are one of the real ones.

 

But Mario, what real harm are these ministers doing?  More than anything or anyone else is doing to the church.  More than you can possible imagine.  They are not merely doing more harm than good—they are doing all harm, and no good.

Preachers who are backslidden in the pulpit are a clear and present danger to the church and to themselves.  Their messages create mutants—a huge number of Christian preemies—born in congenital compromise.  Lacking the essential nutrients to start a life with Christ as Lord.

How else do you think we lost marriage, gained late-term abortion, and headed down the path of Sodom and Gomorrah?  While the backslidden preacher didn’t cause our flood of immorality—they kept the army of God from rising up to stop it.

Because they are backslidden in the pulpit, churches are hostile to true saints.  The remnant of God is grieved.  They cry tears of sorrow and disbelief at what is pawned off as vessels of God.  They struggle to find a church with even a hint of reverence or the presence of God.

To their shame, they, and their followers, have discouraged sincere young preachers.

Do you see any difference between the following situations?

-Urban youth see the lifestyle of drug dealers and pimps and ask “what’s the use of flipping burgers for minimum wage?”

-Young preachers see the tricks, the flamboyance, and easy money of carnal preaching while they struggle to get partners for a righteous cause.

Lost in all of this is the definition of a real man and woman of God.  Let me remind you with these words from E.M. Bounds:

“The preacher must throw himself, with all the abandon of a perfect, self–emptying faith and a self–consuming zeal, into his work for the salvation of men. Hearty, heroic, compassionate, fearless martyrs must the men be who take hold of and shape a generation for God. If they be timid time servers, place seekers, if they be men pleasers or men fearers, if their faith has a weak hold on God or his Word, if their denial be broken by any phase of self or the world, they cannot take hold of the Church nor the world for God.”

I wrote this in direct obedience to God.  Judgement is coming on preachers who are backslidden in the pulpit.  Maybe Jesus can use this to save you before it’s too late.

I wrote this because we need to shout it from the rooftops that God will bless those who go after Him with a clean heart.  He will give them untold provision and power.  He will raise them up in true promotion.  He can still change the world through pure hearts and broken vessels.

TAKING AUTHORITY OVER WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES

What do you call it when politicians ram through legislation without informing the public? What do you call it when they attack those with honest questions?  What do you call it when politicians say their new laws protect small groups when in fact they only punish their political enemies?

What should we call it when Senators manipulate language to vilify anyone who disagrees with their agenda?  And finally, what should we call it when the real goal is not equality, justice, or truth, but an attempt to control the people?  You call it war.

The sooner you realize they have declared war on you and those you love; the sooner you can take appropriate action.  Many Christians have never been taught spiritual warfare.  In this user friendly era the language of war is scarce and  unwelcome.

Now that we are losing our freedoms—now that the vile behavior of the back alley is on main street—now that families see the culture absorbing the faith of their children—believers are open to studying authority over Satan.

Ephesians 6: 10-13 says “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.   For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

See where it says “wiles of the devil?” That is what is happening in Sacramento.  The tangled web of deceit and bias is clearly the wile of the devil.  See where it says “withstand in the evil day?”  That day has come to California.   This is the day for you—the willing warrior to be used by God.  Today, you put on all the armor of God.

It is obvious why believers in California should be interested in the damage Sacramento is doing but why should those of you not from California be alarmed?

A major article came out that said America should be ruled by one party—the Democratic Party.  At any other time, we could ignore such babbling but…Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called the article “a great read.”  The captains of social media lean far left and wholeheartedly believe in this takeover of America.  Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and most social media have been censoring Conservatives and Christians for years even though they deny it.  Now, the voices of Christian Conservatives are being purged from all media.  All of this is pouring out of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Way too many ministers taught easy believism and made Christians apathetic when they needed to take action.   Too many preachers today remind us, “it’s all in God’s hands.” While that is a comforting truth it is not the one we need right now.  That’s been an excuse to be passive and missing in action.

But everywhere you look in the Bible it is against passivity and advocates action: “fight the good fight of faith…” “Endure hardness as a good soldier…” “Resist the devil…” “Take the sword of the Spirit…”

It is urgent that we pray in a way we have never prayed before.  Stand between heaven and earth as a true intercessor.  Invoke the Name above all Names to get to the very Throne of God with your petition.  Do what Moses did when he raised the rod of Aaron over the battle. When you pray, pray violently, pray exactingly, detailing the damage you want done and where you want it done. By the Spirit, speak directly to evil powers. Call them out and cast them down.  Cut their power over California.

Here is the great promise: When God sees someone take up the mighty weapons of God—in the Name of Jesus—and attempt the impossible—God will muster all of the resources of heaven to bring that someone total victory.

It is time to preach with more boldness and miracles than ever before.  At the first attempt to silence the church Peter prayed this prayer:  Acts 4:29,30 says, “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your Holy Servant Jesus.”

We cannot escape the urgency of revival in California.  California in its current condition can pull the nation down with it…but  revivals here have always overflowed America.

My last words are to all voting age Christians in California: it is time to call your State Senator on Monday and at least before Thursday when they vote on California Assembly Bill 2943 that will lead to banning the Bible in California.  WE MUST ACT BEFORE THURSDAY.

When you email or call your Senator be firm but polite. Tell them you will be voting in the next election and that you will be campaigning for politicians who reflect your values.

Use this link to find your state Senator.  http://senate.ca.gov/senators

STAND AND FIGHT FOR CALIFORNIA

It does not matter if you live in California or not.  They have brought the fight to us and we can’t run from it.  In this message I am going to explain exactly what is going on and the direct action we must take.

For those who don’t know yet, California Assembly Bill 2943 passed and has been sent to the State Senate for final approval.  Jerry Brown has already said he would sign it into law if the Senate approves it.

This is a terrible law.  First it is designed to punish those who believe the Bible’s teaching on sexual sins. The advocates of anti-Christian policies worded this bill as harmlessly as possible but its punitive nature came through loud and clear.  Read the wording:

It will prohibit resources concerning treatment or ministry in order to reduce or eliminate same sex attraction or gender dysphoria. Essentially, conferences, counseling, teaching, books, or publications, where money is exchanged for the resource, would be prohibited.

There is no way around the intention here. I said this in as an earlier post: “No exchange of money can be allowed for a book that suggests recovery from same sex attraction or gender dysphoria?  No conference can do so either?  Oh wait, the Bible does that.  And oh, yeah a Bible Conference will do that.  This is no slippery slope.  This is the cliff.”

The immediate impact would be on any event where money is exchanged that teaches deliverance from sexual sin.  But it gets worse.

It is a threshold law.  That means it opens the door to further laws that seek to shut down the Christian moral opinion altogether.  Herod used this method.  In Acts 12:1,2 it says, “Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews. he proceeded further to seize Peter also. ”

Do you see what’s happening here? California legislators are testing the pulse of the public.  They want to see, to what degree, they can inject their radical anti-Christian and yes, anti-American views into law.

Sacramento knows full well their new law violates the constitution.  They already broke federal law and violated the constitution with their sanctuary policy.  California state government sees itself as a separate nation not beholden to the Constitution.

The next logical step is to make a viewpoint illegal.  It would be against the law to teach or sell Bibles. Churches that held to Biblical morality could be closed.  Christians who stated their convictions would be fired, marginalized and even jailed.  What we have here is the dawn of state-sponsored persecution of Christians.  But it gets even worse than that.

What we have here is the dawn of state-sponsored persecution of Christians.

Radical political activists and politicians across America are watching CA/B 2943 very closely.  When I said it is a threshold law, I also mean it is a model for similar laws across America.

To say we need to nip this in the bud is the understatement of the century.  How do we do this?  We begin by standing and fighting for California.  It means we must be willing to face a firestorm of criticism.  That is a small price to pay for protecting our children, grandchildren and our constitution.  But we must find the will to fight.

That will to fight must first be found in the prophetic.  Let me explain.  Today I read that Yellowstone Park sits on a super volcano that is 44 miles across. If it erupted, it would be thousands of times larger than Mt Saint Helens.  Ash would cover the entire U.S.

California, and Los Angeles specially sit on top of a spiritual super volcano.  It is breathtaking to list the ministries that have been born in Los Angeles.  Here is but a short list: Azusa Street, Billy Graham, Aimee Semple Mcpherson, Kathryn Kuhlman, Calvary Chapel, Youth with a Mission, Full Gospel Businessmen, TBN, and Melodyland where I was ordained.  Movement upon movement has ignited here and touched the world.

If the super volcano of the legacy of revival in California were to erupt it would cover the nation.

All over California outbreaks of holy fire are beginning to be seen.  Thousands of pastors and preachers have not bowed the knee to Baal.

What is needed now is anointing for political activism.  Not politics as usual but a spirit like Daniel to bring wisdom, conviction and influence to pagan culture.  Consider how immoral Babylon was.  Consider that Daniel began as a slave and was used by God to bring legislation and godly counsel to Babylon.  California is no worse than Babylon.

Let’s cry out to God for a spiritual eruption—for the will to fight—for a national flood of prayer for California. Amen.

 

TIME FOR THE EAGLES TO LEAVE THE TURKEY YARD

It is clear.  As madness spreads—and the church wrings its hands—it is time for the eagles to leave the turkey yard.  You know who you are.  There’s a fire inside you can’t put out.  You are ruined for church incorporated.
For too long, you’ve been told to be a good little birdie.  “Don’t ruffle any feathers.”  You can’t stomach the stale kernels they toss at you.  You must have fresh meat.  All around you, the turkeys peck at the ground.  All you can see is the clouds and skies where you belong.
Your home is in the glory.  Your place is alongside the heroes of faith that changed the course of nations.  Survival teaching sickens you.  The idea that tepid happiness is the goal enrages you.
You made the mistake of looking at old YouTube videos.  You saw Oral Roberts.  You saw Kathryn Kuhlman.  You saw Smith Wigglesworth.  You jumped up and screamed “where are the miracles today!?”
( check out my blog The price of God’s miracle working power  https://wp.me/p1vrzp-53e   )

You made the mistake of putting on old preaching tapes.  You heard men and women preaching fire!  They didn’t do monologues.  They pulled the pin out of Bible verses, and flung them to explode on the souls of their audience.  You heard people sobbing at altars.  You heard them linger until something real and lasting transformed them.
Then something really painful happened to you…you looked at your generation. You saw the national cancer of wickedness.  You saw the insane brain washing.  You saw the limp-wristed tactics of the church.
You became like David staring at the paralyzed army of Israel before Goliath.  WHY DOESN’T SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING!  It is too late for you.  The die is cast.  You’ve gone too far.  You know too much.  You better leave before you hurt someone.
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles.”  Prayer is your escape from the prison yard of compromise and mediocrity. We’re not talking about the gobble-gobble prayers you heard in the yard—we’re talking about falling before God till you come forth as pure gold.
What are we talking about?  Prayer that heaven can’t resist and hell can’t stand.  Prayer that breaks the grip of ancient strongholds of demons.  Prayer that makes students begin to weep on campus and not know why.  Prayer that fills one with the Holy Spirit—removes fear, and installs unshakable courage to tell a generation the real Gospel—the mighty Gospel—the unapologetic, undeniable, unstoppable power of God.

Eagles dare while turkeys stare.  Eagles come out of prayer fully convinced of their destiny and goal.  Let mistaken millennials protest against the AR-15.  You take hold of John 17:15 “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”  That is your battle cry!  You don’t want out.  You know He will keep you from the evil one! You are ready to soar into any nest of evil and destroy the works of the devil.
Where eagles gather power is present.  Where eagles gather deep purposes are revealed.  Where eagles gather there’s no self-pity, no encounter session, and no hiding.  They are equipped, they are ignited, they are fitted for war.
Eagles must have a challenge.  They yearn for a cause that will summon up all of their strength, talent and time.  The want something that they can easily imagine doing the rest of their life.  It’s time for you to fly out of the turkey yard and never look back.

Small churches: God’s secret weapon in the coming spiritual awakening

Why are they God’s secret weapon?   The answer lies in what happens when a nation gorges on sin.  Nothing can protect the sin sick soul from disgust, nausea, and the unholy hangover.
A convicted heart can reach the point where a slick church concert, outfitted with lights and fog, or a canned motivational spiel, can repulse them, just as much as the sin they are trying to escape.
A soul soaked in the sludge of our time, can yearn to collapse at a simple wooden altar, sob deep tears of remorse, and welcome the warm hand of a true pastor on their shoulder.
How can a small church be God’s secret weapon? I discovered how when I read something about the birth of Christ.  Matthew Henry said, “If the Son of God must be brought into the world, one might justly expect that he should be received with all the ceremony possible, that crowns and sceptres should immediately have been laid at his feet, and that the high and mighty princes of the world should have been his humble servants; such a Messiah as this the Jews expected, but we see none of all this; he came into the world, and the world knew him not; nay, he came to his own, and his own received him not.”
It was a token of their sin that the Jews believed such lavish pomp and circumstance would greet the birth of Jesus.  Are we no less wicked when we assume revival will be born  on gleaming campuses, amid varied enticements, extracted from the wisdom of fast food marketing?
We can miss the birth of an awakening just as much as they missed the birth of Christ.   America has many forgotten Bethlehems.  There are many hidden Mangers where revival can, and will be born.
Why the small church?  Maybe because a special brokenness dwells there.  Think of the couples who faithfully lead undersized churches. They have done all they know to do.  They have been called fools for passing on the gimmicks that might have grown their crowd.  They watched families leave them for the greener pastures of regional churches.
Sunday after Sunday, they sigh. and once again call up the courage to lead their people with integrity and patience.  They pray and see no great change.  However, God has shown me that when they least expect it the fire will fall.  A supernatural signal will go out.   And because they know no one but God did it they will leave their hand off of moving of the Holy Spirit.
Revival can come to any size church.  There is nothing wrong with a big church that got big the right way, and for the right reason.  And no church will stay small in revival.
Why is a small church God’s secret weapon?  Because it is the last thing Satan expects.  Even though he reads this, he will still be totally unprepared.

 

 

ALL THAT CAN BE SHAKEN

I am walking the Streets of San Francisco.   I snap this picture and something blasted in my spirit: “all that can be shaken.” God has made His choice.  God has chosen His targets.  God will strike suddenly.

2018: the year that everything that can be shaken will be shaken.

-You companies who have used your wealth and power to persecute the righteous will now be shaken.

-You politicians—who have ruined America for decades will suddenly disappear.

-You preachers who have handled the Word of God deceitfully and cheapened Grace to finance your private life of drunkenness, whoredom, and materialism will have your gift removed in public humiliation.

God shook Himself.  He waited.  He was patient.  He gave you time to play church.  He let you have your blessing toys.  He looked away in hopes we would come to ourselves.  His blessing and his goodness did not bring you to repentance.  No, it became a license to go deeper into counterfeit Christianity.

The America church is guilty of great crimes against the Holy Spirit.  We told Him to leave and lets us grow Christianity incorporated—the worst thing we could have done.

It was a mistake—a terrible, incalculable, ongoing mistake—derailing more truth in less time than any moral plague in history.

It’s why we couldn’t stop Barack Obama—why we made no cogent case to save marriage, the unborn, or free speech—why we stood by and watched America change overnight—why we were helpless to intervene when our nation began hating everything that made her great.

Trump was only the beginning of this shaking.  He is rude, he is offensive—by design.  His words uproot and tear down.  He is a wrecking ball to international corruption.  His crudeness is a tool of a God with a plan.  He makes you queasy?  He scares you?  That’s nothing…

Just wait till they try to get him out of power.  Oh how his enemies rejoice thinking they have nailed him as a racist.  They will fail for 2 simple reasons:  He is not a racist and he is in power for a divine reason.

Watch the most powerful people attack and crumble.  Watch liberal heads explode as Trump remains—not because he is holy or even a good leader—but because he is chosen to wreak havoc on the world system.

Why now you ask?  Why has God rolled up His sleeve to root up false ministries?  Why is He accelerating His earthquakes?  I wondered.  I asked.  The answer was stunning but not surprising.  Here are the reasons:

-We are at the moment when Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter along with leftist leaders will unfurl a cyber-iron curtain.  Christians will be marginalized.  Values that violate our Constitution and freedom of religion will be enforced.  Bible preaching will be a hate crime.  (How sickening!  Carnal ministers were toadies in this plan to drive the church underground and terrorize Israel.)

-God sees the coming mid-term elections.  Without a miracle by November, Nancy Pelosi will again be the Speaker of the House. What a plague. We are only months away from a leftist backlash that will transcend anything in our history.

God came to the inescapable decision that revival must come now or the nation is lost.  He will pour out wrath…but He will also pour out His Spirit.  Hallelujah!

Look for despised little churches—faithfully preaching the Word of God—to become centers of Glory, miracles and mass conversions.

Look for nobodies to come on the scene like a righteous tornado and roar repentance with such power that their voice will echo in the penthouses of power.

Look for campus ministries to rise because millennials will see the blatant persecution and turn Christianity into a celebrated cause.

Look for preaching to be matched with miracles—confirmation of the WORD by medically inexplicable healings.

Look for God to pull out all the stops to save America.  Look for every ministry fueled by man to fall by the wayside to make room for the voices that cannot be shaken.

Writing this blog brought me great turmoil until something happened that removed all doubt.  I walked the streets of San Francisco fighting an inner war.  Suddenly my cell phone rang.  It was my good Friend Ron McIntosh—president of Victory Bible College in Tulsa.

He asked me, “what is God telling you about 2018?”  Before I could answer him, he said, “God showed me it will be a year where everything that can be shaken, will be shaken.”